Free-tuition plan includes in-state live/work requirement, reviewing first year of Albany's LEAD program, celebrity rooster unconcerned by your schedule

State budget
Bits and reaction as people pick through the state budget...

+ On Monday Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation that raises the state's age of criminal responsibility for many crimes. [Spectrum]

+ Cuomo on the provision of the plan for free tuition at SUNY and CUNY schools -- the Excelsior Scholarship -- that requires recipients to live and work in New York State for the number of years they receive the scholarship: "Why should New Yorkers pay for your college education, and then you pick up and move to California?" [TU+]

+ A look how the school aid totals shook out for Capital Region school districts -- the Schenectady and Albany school districts got relatively large increases. Though, as Schenectady superintendent Larry Spring pointed out, the district still isn't getting the total it's marked for under the "Foundation Aid" formula. [TU] [Spectrum]

+ The new budget again includes a big barrel of pork that's distributed with little transparency. [TU+]

+ Business leaders seem relatively happy with many aspects of the budget glob of legislation, including ride hailing expansion and the re-privatization of NYRA. [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]

Fatal Albany shooting
Albany police say it appears the man fatally shot in West Hill Saturday had been specifically targeted. [TU]

LEAD
The city of Albany's Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program diverted 40 people with problems such as mental illness and substance abuse from the criminal justice system during its first year. [TU]

Schenectady as sanctuary city?
The ongoing debate over whether Schenectady should identify as a sanctuary city. [WNYT]

Hoosick Falls
The latest turn in Hoosick Falls village politics: The new mayor says he can't get a law firm to turn over emails from the old mayor that are public records. [TU]

Troy budget
Mark Robarge on Troy's unexpected budget surplus: "All of us who have ever been a parent know you sometimes have to be the bad guy. So far, at least, [mayor Patrick] Madden has been willing to do that when necessary, and he'll have to continue if the city is going to crawl out of the deep financial hole it found itself in for the second time in the past quarter-century." [Troy Record]

Albany Common Council races
A roundup of who's in, and maybe in, for Albany Common Council races. [TU]

Teen swept away by sewer
The family of the teen rescued after being swept along almost a half-mile of Saratoga County sewer this past weekend got violently ill overnight Sunday to Monday. County officials say they're looking into why the open sewer entry wasn't better secured. [TU] [News10]

Nicholaus Building demolition
+ Sara Foss: "Sometimes buildings fall into disrepair and need to be demolished because of a threat to public safety. But that's not what happened here." [Daily Gazette]
+ Metroplex chair Ray Gillen says the developers behind the luxury apartment project set for the adjacent site "plan to move forward expeditiously." [Daily Gazette]

Cobblestone Schoolhouse
Chris Churchill on a historic one-room schoolhouse in Guilderland that's in need of repair: "What lesson is the school district sending by refusing to maintain the Cobblestone Schoolhouse?" [TU]

Llenroc
The Llenroc mansion in Rexford is set to appear on the next Saratoga County foreclosure list. [Daily Gazette]

Celebrity rooster
The celebrity rooster of Albany's Parkwood Street. [News10]

Stuff going on today

Stories
The Front Parlor storytelling series returns to The Ale House in Troy, and Abby Lublin is back to host. This month's theme is "Reckless." Tuesday 7:30 pm

Henry Johnson: Tale of Courage
The new WMHT documentary Henry Johnson: Tale of Courage makes its TV premiere tonight at 7:30 pm.

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